With the last of the Pacific League teams, Burbank and Muir, losing in the CIF high school football playoffs on Nov. 29, the All-Pacific League selections were announced this week and four Crescenta Valley Falcons received top mentions.
Quarterback Brian Gadsby, offensive lineman Davo Hakobyan, linebacker Austin Brines and defensive back Jordan LoBianco nabbed first-team honors for the Falcons, who went 8-2 under Coach Paul Schilling, the best season of his career as head coach and the program’s best season since 2008.
The Falcons missed the playoffs though, as the CIF Southern Section took West Covina as an at-large bid in the Southeast Division over CV.
But that didn’t stop Pacific League coaches from recognizing the stellar play of Gadsby, the junior quarterback who is now 10-2 all-time in varsity starts. Gadsby was eighth in passing yards for all Southern Section quarterbacks with 2,465 yards. He threw 33 touchdowns against eight interceptions and completed 60% of his passes.
LoBianco, a two-way player, recorded 16 tackles and had three interceptions on defense.
Brines led the Falcons in tackles with 89, while recording one interception and one fumble recovery.
Receiver Chase Walker and running back Kevin Hello were named to the second team on offense, while Matt Erickson was named to the defensive second team.
Walker caught 43 passes from Gadsby this season for 677 yards and seven touchdowns. Hello gained 589 yards on the ground, averaging over eight yards per carry, and he scored eight touchdowns. Hello also played defense, and on that side of the ball he recorded five interceptions and two fumble recoveries.
Erickson was second on the team in tackles with 79. He also added seven sacks and one fumble recovery.
Receiver Ben Rees and defender Juho Kim were named to the league’s honorable mention team. Muir’s John Hardy was named Coach of the Year, as his Mustangs captured the league title, and his quarterback Dejon Williams took the honor as the league’s Player of the Year.